Federal Funding for RI
Investing in Rhode Island’s Future
As a member of the powerful Appropriations Committee, Reed has secured critical funds to generate jobs and economic opportunities throughout Rhode Island. He has also voted to make Congressionally-directed spending known as “earmarks” more transparent.
Today, Senator Reed continues to work with his colleagues in the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to secure vital funding for cities and towns, non-profits, hospitals, colleges and universities, hospitals, and military facilities across the state.
These federal resources enable Rhode Island to expand community development programs, improve our transportation infrastructure, provide social services and health care, restore historical landmarks, protect the environment, and help strengthen our national defense.
Key Priorities & Accomplishments
- In response to the great recession of 2008, Reed voted for the Recovery Act, which provided over $2 billion to help communities throughout Rhode Island prevent layoffs, invest in our infrastructure, and fund innovative research to create jobs.
- Reed helped write the last major surface transportation bill (known as “SAFETEA-LU”), which included over $1.2 billion for Rhode Island and ensured the state receives about $3 in federal highway funding for every $1 Rhode Islanders pay in gas taxes.
- In an effort to expand our state’s freight rail service, create jobs, and grow Rhode Island’s economy, Reed worked for over a decade to secure $55 million to make the Rhode Island Freight Rail Improvement Project (FRIP) a reality. This improvement has helped quadruple automobile imports at Quonset Point. He also secured over $32.6 million to extend commuter rail to Wickford Junction in North Kingstown.
- Reed secured $2.25 million in federal funding, which together with $1.4 million from RIDEM and $800,000 from the City of Warwick helped preserve 41 acres of pristine shoreline at Rocky Point.
U.S. Senator Jack Reed is urging Rhode Island’s business community, research universities, and state and local officials to work together to compete to bring a new “Manufacturing Innovation Institute” to Rhode Island. At a speech in Texas later today,...Posted on 5/9/2013 |
Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation today announced $800,000 in federal funding to help clean up brownfield sites in Providence. A brownfield site is property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substan...Posted on 5/8/2013 |
During a hearing today before the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior & Environment, chaired by U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that the Department is releasing $475.25 million in emergency Superstorm Sandy...Posted on 5/7/2013 |
U.S. Senator Jack Reed joins local farmers at Escobar’s Highland Farm in Portsmouth to announce a new federal grant for the Rhode Island Dairy Farms Cooperative, which produces Rhody Fresh Milk, to help strengthen and expand its business operations. ...Posted on 5/6/2013 |
In an effort to improve public safety and ease the strain on local budgets, U.S. Senator Jack Reed is encouraging local law enforcement departments in Rhode Island to apply for federal funding available under the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Hiring Program. The...Posted on 4/25/2013 |
- After the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) today announced plans to postpone issuing furlough notices to civilian DoD employees nationwide for two weeks, including those at Naval Station Newport, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, the Naval War College, and National Guard technicians, U....Posted on 3/21/2013 |
By a vote of 73 to 26, the U.S. Senate today passed a stopgap Appropriations bill to avoid a government shutdown. U.S. Senator Jack Reed warned that deep federal cuts due to the sequester will hurt the economy if Congress doesn’t work together to support job-creating pol...Posted on 3/20/2013 |